Internet giant Baidu will launch a fully autonomous taxi in China. Five cars will operate in two cities. Baidu was the first in China to receive permission from authorities to launch an unmanned taxi without drivers in the cab.

Baidu to launch fully autonomous taxi in China

Reuters writes about the launch of the first fully unmanned taxi in China.

Wuhan and Chongqing will have five vehicles each. They will bring people every day from 09:00 to 17:00 in Wuhan, 09:30 to 16:30 in Chongqing. Travel will only take place in special areas approved by the government.

Baidu in April received a license to launch an unmanned taxi, but at that time there was one condition: an employee of the company must be in the driver’s seat. With the new license, Baidu can launch a taxi without an employee in the cab.

Baidu received its first license with The latter then stated that for the corporation this meant the possibility of marketing services in one of the busiest areas of Guangzhou.

Baidu is in talks to launch fully autonomous taxis in three other Chinese cities: Shenzhen, Beijing and Shanghai.


Kirill Bilyk

Source: RB

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